Iowa stunned No. 3 Michigan on Saturday in one of the craziest days of college football in recent years. The second, third, fourth and ninth teams all lost, making dozens of scenarios possible for the College Football Playoff.
However, the Wolverine’s loss also opened up numerous scenarios in the Big Ten East division, where Penn State could become the Big Ten East champion.
With two games left, this chart illustrates each different scenario for Michigan (9-1), Ohio State (9-1) and Penn State (8-2). It also has some good news for the Nittany Lions.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 13, 2016
In the 23 ways each team could finish its season in the next two weeks, Penn State can become Big Ten East champions in six different scenarios. However, the key to the Nittany Lions winning the Big Ten East division lies in the hands of Ohio State and Michigan.
If the Nittany Lions win their two remaining games, they’ll win the Big Ten East if the Buckeyes also win their final two games, or if the Wolverines loses one of their last two contests. These scenarios are more likely, considering Penn State finishes its season playing Rutgers (2-8) and Michigan State (3-7) in weeks 11 and 12, respectively.
There is a chance that Penn State could lose to either Rutgers or Michigan State and still win the Big Ten East; Michigan would have to lose its last two contests, while Ohio State would have to lose one its last two games.
Regardless of what happens with the Big Ten East, Wisconsin will be definitely taking note of how these scenarios play out. if Penn State wins the Big Ten East, and Wisconsin wins the west, the two will play in the Big Ten Championship game which could penultimately have playoff implications.
#Badgers/PSU opened UNRANKED. Now possible we could see that game for B1G title AND CFP berth on 12/3.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) November 13, 2016
However, the craziness doesn’t end there. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten championship over Penn State, then the eyes will be on the playoff committee who will have to decide whether or not the Badgers, a potential two-loss team, should be left out in favor of Michigan or Ohio State, two potential one-loss teams.
Whatever happens, one thing is for certain: you never really know what’s going to happen in college football.